type 2 need help, my numbers keep going up

barbara dean
By barbara dean Latest Reply 2015-02-07 00:38:17 -0600
Started 2015-02-06 09:19:33 -0600

hurts, Iam new to this and have been doing some research, I have cut out sugars, and watching carbs, I don't know how many carbs are allowed and which are good and bad, I will accept any information any body is willing to share

3 replies

lilleyheidi 2015-02-07 00:38:17 -0600 Report

Hi Barbara, welcome to DC. Bad carbs are the ones you will find in junk foods and in the foods you probably already know are not as healthy for you already, such as white potatoes, white bread, corn, cereals, chips, things like that. Good carbs are the ones that are in most veggies and in a lot of fruits (not all) . James provided a good list of them. As far as how many, Like Lou said, figure out about how much your eating now for carbs and go from there for lowering them.
I suggest mastering one thing at a time. Don't overwhelm yourself. Eat lots of proteins and low carb veggies and fruits (berries are great).
Best of health to you, Heidi

Type1Lou 2015-02-06 17:07:27 -0600 Report

Usually, "junk food" provides empty (aka "bad") carbs while many fruits and veggies will provide good carbs (maybe with the exceptions of potatoes, corn, beets and sometimes carrots and winter squash.) Each one of us has different "carb-tolerance" levels. I find I must limit mine to no more than 120 grams per day. I am a 65 year old, moderately active retired female who is 5'3" tall and weighs between 120 and 125 lbs. My last HbA1c was 6.9 and I'm hoping my next one will be lower. Have you determined how many carbohydrate grams you are currently eating per day? That is a good place to start. If you need to lose weight and/or improve your blood glucose, lower your daily carb limit until you reach where you want to be. Read all of the food labels for serving size and carb content. For foods without labels, invest in a book or app like "Calorie King" that gives you that information. I've also invested in a digital nutritional scale which allows me to weigh the food I eat, input the code for that food and it tells me the nutritional values, including the carbohydrate grams. I use it nearly every day to determine the carbs in the apple I'll be eating. Since apples vary greatly in size, one may contain 25 grams while another will have 39 grams. I find my scale invaluable. Wishing you well.

jayabee52 2015-02-06 13:03:01 -0600 Report

Howdy Barbara
Really you should discuss how many carbs are allowed with your Dr, or a Registered Dietician (RD) to whom Dr refers you. There is a generalized range for men and for women, and for women the range is 35 to 45 g of carbs per meal. That gets adjusted for your age, weight and activity levels, so you have a plan which is tailored to you.

As far as carbs are concerned could find the difference between "good" (or complex) carbs and "bad" (or simple) carbs by looking here ~ http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/artic...

Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have as here the only foolish or stupid question is a HONEST question which is NOT asked.

God's best to you

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